This summer is going to be a hot one! With airplane tickets looking to be some of the best deals in years, DFW is sure to get a lot of travelers’ attention. But most of us focus on the D in DFW. I say us because I’m guilty of that, too. However, Dallas would never have become the Texas gem that it is and the global phenomena it has risen to be had the historic and economic foundations of Fort Worth never moo-ved into the area long ago. People ‘steaked’ their lives on the cattle business here and endured Texan-sized hardship, but out of the dust, Cowtown grew a metropolis with nothing to be humble about.
So get your boots back in the dirt with this perfect sunny day itinerary and enjoy Fort Worth this summer season!
Start Your Day at the Beginning of Cowtown: Fort Worth Stockyards
Still in operation, the cattle drive starts at 11:30 AM, promptly. It is free to visitors, with the exception of parking, and a great way to feel a bit of the history. Ranchers drive the cattle through the street for about 15 minutes. I recommend going around 10:30 AM to have time to watch the giant longhorns upclose, take photos of the area before it gets busy, and simply enjoy the stockyard area and museums. Plus, it gets hot quick. Get your photo and shopping moments done before the drive.
Lunch at the Lonesome Dove Restaurant
Time to cool off and fill up? Walk around the corner of the Stockyards to famous Top Chef Tim Love’s fabulous establishment, Lonesome Dove. Upscale and delicious, nothing on the Lonesome Dove menu disappoints. The jalapeno cornbread is a perfect crumbly appetizer and the service is what Southern hospitality is all about. It’ll be a hard place to leave, but roll yourself out eventually!
Visit the Log Cabin Village
I come from Texas, but I don’t think I could ever be tired of seeing historic Texas villages in order to learn more about how people lived and worked just a few decades ago. It always seems to impress me, truly in any country of the world, to explore the ways in which human civilization has continued to be resourceful and hearty. I often find myself wondering if I would even be able to survive and thrive if we reverted back to these “simpler” times. The Log Cabin Village is a wonderful collection of preserved, and some replicated, traditional village necessities and the staff are well-educated in village lifestyle. One and half hours is perfect for strolling through the groves and cabins.
Cool off in the expansive Kimball Art Museum
But this is Texas summer and despite being under the trees, air conditioner is a must at this point. So head over to the Kimball Art Museum, grab a sweet tea at the museum café, and then poke around the exhibits. Even the design of the museum itself is worthy of attention. In one afternoon, you’ve taken in Fort Worth’s past and now jumped decades into its future. Take a moment, sit on one of the benches, and reflect on the large amount of cultural and lifestyle work that has been achieved in this one city.
Regroup at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden
Finally, end your afternoon back outdoors at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Two great gardens to visit are The Japanese Garden (with admission fee) and The Rose Garden. Ending the journey here isn’t about the past, the present, or the future. It’s about the beauty of the natural landscape that has continued to inspire and provide for Fort Worth. Texas is rooted deep in its natural environment and the best way to end a sunny summer day in Texas is to soak in the blessings of the dirt, the water, and the foliage. Let nature whisper her secrets and carry you deeper into your own journeys.
How would you spend a perfect day in Fort Worth?